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  1. Updates on Friday, 30 June 2017
  2. Arsonists destroy outdoor classroom
  3. MP want Tesco staff to know about job loses ASAP
  4. Porters to wear dresses at protest of suspension
  5. Two cottages severely damaged in 'deliberate' fire

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    So another week has come and gone, so that means Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks has also finished for this week.

    Don't worry, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with yet more news, sport, travel and weather.

    I hope you have a great weekend. I'm off to AmpRocks with 6,500 other people.

    Here's a special preview of the DJ decks from the main stage. It's gonna get loud!

    AmpRocks DJ decks

    See you again soon.

  2. Water way to have fun!

    A bit of a splash will be made in Watford tomorrow when the brand new £2.8m Cassiobury Park hub and paddling pools officially open to the public.

    The park with 30 state-of-the-art splash pads, water jets and fountains, is next to two new paddling pools.

    Children in water park

    It looks like it's already been tried out and is proving popular...

    Children in water park

    There are raised "push buttons" for children to control the water flow and flat surfaces for children with disabilities to enjoy a paddle.

    Children in water park

    The work is part of a £6.6m regeneration of Cassiobury Park, funded by Watford Borough Council and a National Lottery grant of about £5m.

    It's due to open at 11:00.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J18 for A404 and J17 for A412 affecting J21 for M1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Delays and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J18, A404 (Chorleywood) and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of an accident involving a lorry and four cars earlier on. On the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J21 M1.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Appeal to rebuild fire-damaged outdoor classroom and donkey stable

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A fundraising page has already been set up to raise funds to rebuild a special school classroom and donkey stable damaged by fire last night.

    An appeal has started to try and collect £37,000 to replace the razed outdoor classroom and build a new shelter that housed donkeys Edwards and Issac.

    Edward and Issac

    Matthew Colley, the animal care manager at the school who set up the campaign, says the donkeys "are loved by the children at St Luke's, some of whom have complex needs".

    "The outdoor classroom was purpose built to be accessible to the children in wheelchairs who benefit greatly from learning outside the classroom."

  5. Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

    Weather chart

    Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

    Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

    Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

    More details from BBC Weather.

  6. Mayor 'doesn't know' where missing chain is

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    The mayor of St Albans and his wife are "retracing our footsteps" to try and find a missing mayoral chain.

    The piece of official regalia, worn by the mayor's consort, hasn't been seen for several days.

    Iqbal Zia says: "We don’t know exactly when this chain went missing, nor the circumstances of its disappearance. Indeed, we are still hoping that it will turn up.

    "We don't know if it has been taken, or whether it has been misplaced.

    "We had an incident at our house on Wednesday when our alarm was triggered and the police were called to the property.

    "At the time, it didn't look like anything was out of place, but we can't help wondering now whether the chain was taken then. We simply don't know."

    Mayoral chain

    The piece dates from 1907 and consists of an 18-carat gold shield-shaped body, mounted with the enamelled Arms of the City.

    An inscription on the back reads "presented to the corporation of St Albans for the use of the mayoress by Mrs W. S. Green, 1936".

  7. 'Devious and manipulative' wrestling promoter jailed for grooming young fan

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A Northampton man who used to run wrestling events in Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes, has been jailed after grooming a 12-year-old fan.

    Steven Biggs, 40, of Northumbria Gardens, Northampton, used to run Total Action Wrestling.

    He was told by a judge at Luton Crown Court he had been "manipulative and devious" towards the girl, who was infatuated with him and two other wrestlers.

    Biggs pleaded not guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

    He was found guilty by a jury on Thursday and jailed for 18 months today. He was also given a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, stating he can't have unsupervised contact with girls aged under 16.

    The mother of the girl, who's now 14, said in a statement her daughter's childhood had been stolen and irreparable damage had been done to her.

  8. Lack of space at burial ground causing upset for residents

    David Lumb

    BBC News Online

    Residents of Haddenham in Buckinghamshire are being forced to find alternative places to bury their loved ones after a local graveyard ran out of room.

    The churchyard at St Mary's closed in February.

    A new housing estate is being built with a new burial site, but that might take several years to complete.

    St Mary's graveyard

    Freda Dorrell, a resident in the village, said the current situation was "unacceptable".

    She said people were "not happy" as alternatives plots had to be found further away, and she knew of one person who was cremated instead of being buried as they originally wished.

    She said the new site was there but not yet ready, adding: "Somebody needs to get their act together and get things moving."

    Reverend Margot Hodson St

    Margot Hodson (pictured), the vicar of St Mary's, told us: "I was personally devastated that we couldn't keep open until we found another option."

    The company behind the new development, Dandara, said it bought the land with planning permission for housing, public open space and a burial ground, and had been working with the parish council on the proposed cemetery "for some time".

    "We are aware of the acute need for burial facilities in Haddenham and whilst we are not legally obligated to deliver the burial ground until the end of the development, we will look at opportunities to bring this forward," a spokesman said.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A41 Buckinghamshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A41 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Kingswood Lane and B4011.

    A41 Buckinghamshire - A41 blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Kingswood Lane junction in Kingswood and Thame Turn Off in Blackthorn, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, between J13 for A421 and J12 for A5120 affecting Newport Pagnell Services.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M1 southbound between J13, A421 (Bedford) and J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to Newport Pagnell Services.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Arsonists destroy outdoor classroom

    This is all that's left of a recently built outdoor classroom at a special school in Redbourn, after arsonists set fire to it.

    The barn structure in the grounds of St Luke's School on Crouch Hall Lane was burned down overnight.

    Burnt outdoor classroom

    Two donkeys that were stabled close by were found unharmed this morning by police wandering on Redbourn Lane, between the Redbourn roundabout and Harpenden Golf Club.

    Burnt outdoor classroom

    PC Richard Donbavand, from Hertfordshire Police, said: "This incident has deprived the school of their outdoor classroom, which will cost a significant amount of money to replace."

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J22 for A1081 and J23 for A1 affecting J21A for A405.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M), because of a rolling road-block and an accident involving a car and a lorry. Congestion to J21a, A405 (St Albans).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident involving three cars.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A30 and J12 for M3 affecting J15 for M4.

    M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J12 M3, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J15 M4.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5120 and J13 for A421.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of a car fire.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A404.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic London-bound at J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  17. 'Ampthill, are you ready!'

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    This scene is going to look rather different from about 17:30 tonight.

    About 6,500 festival goers will descend on Ampthill for AmpRocks to see Human League, Busted and Cast perform.

    Amprocks stage

    The first round of tickets sold-out in 38 minutes and here are some interesting facts about the annual event.

    • The Friday night rock festival is eight years old, but Ampthill festival has been going for 37 years.
    • Three events are held over three days, AmpRocks tonight, Ampthill Park Proms on Saturday and the Gala Day on Sunday.
    • More than 60 volunteers help out at the not-for-profit event, with some helping since the start.
    • Festival workers can clock between 30,000 and 40,000 steps on busy days.
    • A team of cubs, scouts and volunteers clear the festival arena in about 90 minutes after the Friday evening. Across the weekend, the festival fills five skips of rubbish.
    • A staggering 1.5 tons (1500kg) of water bottles are consumed over the weekend.
  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, between J9 for A5 and J10 for M1 affecting J7 for .

    M1 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J9, A5 (Redbourn) and J10, M1 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of an accident. Congestion to J7, / (Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time